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Riot. Strike. Riot.
Ferguson. Tottenham. Clichy-Sous-Bois. Oakland. Within capital’s core, the riot looms increasingly large within the repertoire of struggles. Rather than inchoate spasms or immiserated absence of the revolutionary idea, this book locates the riot within longue durée of capitalist transformation: facts not failures. Just as the turn to the strike two centuries ago signaled recompositions of class and society, the return of the riot testifies to current possibilities of anticapitalist struggle, featuring radicalized struggle beyond the labor market. Following the post-1600 course “riot-strike-riot,” the book departs from lapsed models of party and revolution, showing how shifting global strategies to restore profitability since the 1970s must inevitably open onto “circulation struggles” which pass through riot, and whose horizon is the commune.
Joshua Clover is the author of three books of poetry and three of cultural history and theory. His poems and scholarly work have been translated into eight languages, and share a concern with crisis, language, political conflict, pop music, and the bittersweet pleasures of what we must leave behind if we believe in revolutionary struggle. Riot. Strike. Riot: the New Era of Uprisings (Verso 2016) surveys the history and theory of social struggles, beginning in 1347 but focused on the present from Occupy Oakland to Ferguson and beyond, and on the inevitability of the riot as the central tactic of political antagonism. He is a founding editor of Commune Editions, a columnist for The Nation, and a professor of English Literature and Comparative Literature at University of California Davis.